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Where does the Chesapeake Bay watershed start?

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Asked by: Cassandra Hooker

Cooperstown, New YorkCooperstown, New York, to Norfolk, Virginia, and includes parts of six states—Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia—and the entire District of Columbia.

Is the Chesapeake Bay the largest watershed in the US?

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and is one of the most productive bodies of water in the world. The Chesapeake watershed spans 165,759 square kilometers, covering parts of six states — Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

How long is the Chesapeake Bay watershed?

The Chesapeake Bay watershed (drainage basin) extends about five hundred miles south from the headwaters of Otsego Lake, near Cooperstown, New York to the Atlantic Ocean and Suffolk, Virginia. It extends east from mountain streams near Blacksburg, Virginia to Berlin, Maryland (near Ocean City).

Is the Chesapeake Bay the largest watershed in Virginia?

It includes parts of six states—Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia—and the entire District of Columbia. The area of the watershed is about 64,000 square miles. The Chesapeake Bay’s land-to-water ratio is 14:1: the largest of any coastal water body in the world.